KIIT-DU Organizes Online FDP 2021 Inaugural Session on “Exploring Self: A New Paradigm in Education”

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KIIT Deemed to be University conducts Faculty Development Program every year to keep the faculty members abreast of the latest developments in teaching, pedagogy, research and innovations. It empowers them with knowledge and skill to lead in academics.

The Faculty Development Program (FDP)-2021 of KIIT Deemed to be University with the theme, ‘Exploring Self: A New Paradigm in Education’ was inaugurated on 20th June 2021 in online mode. The FDP will conclude on 27th June 2021.

Welcoming the dignitaries and faculty members to the program, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS congratulated the faculty members for their rapid adaptation to the new virtual mode of teaching-learning and their sincere efforts to keep the students motivated during the pandemic. Speaking on the theme, “Discover Yourself to Explore the World”, he highlighted the importance of National Education Policy, stressing on its rapid implementation in true spirit.

Prof. Samanta briefly shared his continuous quest for knowledge and insatiate desire for social service to help the marginalized population of the society. He referred to Swami Vivekananda’s vision of empowering the downtrodden and marginalized population to transform India from developing to developed nation; and the immense role of faculty members and teachers to achieve and accomplish the goal. He advised all the faculty members to dream big and put up their best efforts to achieve the same through continuous learning. On the occasion, the KIIT Quality Assurance Manual-2021 was released by the Founder. 

Prof. Ved Prakash, Chancellor, KIIT-DU stressed the role of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the university to ensure quality teaching and research at the national and international levels. He emphasized that the university’s research focus should be aligned with national and international requirements. He also stressed upon up-gradation of the syllabus incorporating practical application oriented learning to apply knowledge to solve real world problems.

Prof. Ved Prakash motivated young faculty members to take up challenging research problems. He also expressed interest in creating opportunities for talented students, scholars and faculty in basic scientific research, and affirmed a special package to rejuvenate scientific research. The University should focus on collaboration and social upliftment and create talented research leaders. It should be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, he added.

Prof. Hrushikesha Mohanty, Vice Chancellor summarized the academic achievements of KIIT during last year and highlighted different initiatives taken by the university to promote excellence. He encouraged the young faculty members to take up excellent research problems with an aim to solve them.  He stressed upon the importance of self-exploration and self-evaluation and exploring the world of knowledge for the all round growth. He lucidly explained the co-evolution of learning; where students progress through accumulation of knowledge and teachers grow through sharing the wisdom.  

The FDP Information Brochure-2021 was released by the Chief Guest, Mr. Shingo Miyamoto, Minister (Economic & Development), Embassy of Japan, New Delhi. In his inaugural address, Mr. Miyamoto reflected on various aspects of Indo-Japan engagement. He said that the studies in Japan are reasonably affordable in comparison to many other developed countries. He highlighted different aspects of student life in Japan and provided information about the plethora of scholarships and exchange programmes which are available at different levels.

Prof. Ashok Kumar Chawla, Advisor (Japan), East Asia Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, as the Guest of Honour, offered an overview of the long history of India and cultural exchange and engagements with Japan on the different aspects of science and technology. He stressed upon the significance of precision and perfection in the Japanese culture and their importance in achieving excellence. He emphasized maintaining quality through proper planning and execution, while highlighting the importance of planning for optimal utilization of the resources to achieve excellence.

Prof. Chawla shared his experience about precision and eye for details at every aspect of life which is needed with sustained efforts. He stressed continuous improvement to remain relevant with the contemporaneous times. He shared multiple examples where futuristic visions and consistent efforts led to development of new products and systems, to cater the requirements of the society and market. Prof. Chawla laid importance on punctuality, discipline and loyalty to the system and country for the overall growth and achievement.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Pro Vice Chancellor, KIIT-DU shared her experience in governance and experiences with the students. She stressed eliciting curiosity among the students through experiential learning. Speaking on the topic, “Driving Curiosity and Designing Excellence”, Prof. Sasmita Samanta shared her vision for achieving excellence through strategic planning and meticulous executions. She emphasized designed thinking, strategic planning and listening to stakeholders for inclusive growth.

At the outset, Prof. Chinmoy Kumar Panigrahi, Director, Quality Assurance, KIIT-DU extended a warm welcome to all the dignitaries, resource persons and all the faculty members present at the inaugural session. Prof. Jnyana Ranjan Mohanty, Registrar proposed a word of thanks to all members and dignitaries.

External Resource Persons, Deans, Directors, Principals of different Schools, Dean (Quality Assurance), Faculty Coordinators of IQAC and faculty members of different Institutions all over the country and KIIT-DU were present at the inaugural session. 

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